Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blogs, Lenses, Suchwise

Here at be the crossroads between and

You're aware of that, right? Blog for movies, blog for music, blog for, well, whatever else? Good. Glad to know it.

So I spent another $400 on glasses. I'm now going to have reading glasses, computer glasses, and driving glasses. I tried progressive bifocals but they just didn't work for me. Tribeca Vision gave me a complete refund on my progressive lenses which is pretty nice of them.
As far as I can tell, the price difference between those places that are all like "Glasses for only $100!" and optometrists is really only about $40 at best. Because those cheap glasses advertised are always sans lens coatings and are just the cheapest lenses they have. And you never want those cheap lenses.
I wish I could get glasses in a drug store but the pupillary distance is always wrong on those over-the-counter glasses.
Having three pair of glasses is quite fussy. I'll admit that. I'm a fussy fellow. But I can live with it. So I will.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


So I've blogged about this web series before. High Maintenance.
You know how most short films are too long? They manage to really do an excellent job of getting the right pacing and the right thing for the story. The target of the story is a denouement which actually works. I really think these are well directed and well edited. This particular episode, I think, is my favorite. And that's a determination I came to even before I found out that Nat Cassidy is in it.

Really smart. Establishes the feel brilliantly. They do that thing where they do three whole sequences of things -- waking up, going to watch birds, going to work, before the story really gets started but they reveal the details of the character's life through subtle reveals. Very very smart.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ben Thomas Live on the Internets

If you hate people/going out/are too lazy/too poor to get to the theater, you will love seeing Ben Jaeger Thomas in CA$H Only at 10pm tonight, Monday April 22nd. All here at People's Improv. Ben goes on at 10, but the event is 7pm to 11pm.

Is that not good enough for you? Do you need a bunny butt?
There. Now.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Kick Me

Kevin Kangas is doing a Kickstarter for his new movie Garden of Hedon. One big difference is that he's kickstarting a movie which has already been made.

That's an interesting way to go with a Kickstarter project.
Fund his project and make it a lot of money please.
Thing with me is that I adamantly refuse to enter the 21st Century and get a BluRay player. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Bears of New York

Like half of the cast of Dragon Realm made this short film.

Chris Pope, Leslie Ann Chastain, and John Dillon.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dig It

Ato Essandoh in Elementary.


So some jerky-turkey broke into my car.
And they stole the GPS which, although a jerky turkey move, is at least understandable. But they also stole costume pieces which have zero value to them but are very hard to replace. Like, for instance, this women's armored jacket.
They also took a face mask and a couple hats which have sentimental value.
Little do they know all the costumes were laced with Polonium 210 by a cabal of former FSB agents who tried to assassinate me in '03.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dig it

Anthony Jones, our helmet maker and a great special effects guy, will be on SyFy (the "Walking Monster").

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Three for Today

Wow the translation of Jo Nesbø's "The Redbreast" has... issues. I get the feeling that the word "revolver" in Swedish can be used for both semi-automatics and revolvers. Since tracking what guns are held by whom in this detective story is what is kind of important.
Now I almost wonder if the American Secret Service agent actually had an MP5 rather than an UZI. It's kind of a downer when you can't have faith in the translation. Dang.
Are we supposed to presume that the Glock the cop used was then switched out for a revolver later? Or what? I guess I'll find out.
Otherwise I'm enjoying my Scandinavian mystery jaunt.

Oof. I have an ensemble scene with 5 characters in it and I have zero idea how to block it. As always, if we're shooting at the metal shop in 'Jersey we have the secondary problem that we have no idea what the "set" will look like when we show up. But there's a ping-pong table, maybe some weights. I dunno. I can't even see the scene in my head.
Hopefully we'll just get the scene on its feet and find something so it isn't static. 
Dang nab it. My car got broken into again. They seemingly only took the GPS. They didn't take any of the preamp rack in the trunk, or any of the microphones. So I'm counting my blessings on that one. But it makes me feel very jumpy, knowing that somebody opened the car and took something.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Two Stars for Six Days

Six Easy Days got a review on

2.0 out of 5 stars Find and Replace March 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I really wanted to love this book. The idea behind it was really cute, and so much could have been done. I understand that it's supposed to be a parody of "No Easy Day." But rather than being a parody, I feel like the author literally did a find-and-replace of terms from the original book. And even then, he didn't do a very good job of making changes.

There's references to cars and trucks on a planet inhabited by Bugs.
[ed note: "oops"]
At one point, there is a reference to a failed raid on the AI in 3007. Except it says 2007.
[ed note: "uh, oops again"]
The books says it took 17 hours (including layover) to fly between star systems.
[ed note: "well yeah, that's how long it takes! You can't just drop into hyperspace in a heavy gravity well, you have to rocket your way away from local planets. That's just how it is."]

To add insult to injury, the author tried to tie the book into "Starship Troopers" by Heinlein. I question whether the author has ever read "Starship Troopers," because the author connects Navy SEALS to ST's Mobile Infantry. MI were soldiers, but more equivalent to Marines than SEALs.
[ed note: "I don't know if that really adds insult to injury. The problem with the MI's is in fact that although they were Army, they behaved and were organized like Marines, who are in the Navy. So making Navy SEALS into Army Mobile Infantry who are really Marines doesn't seem like such a stretch. It was a pain though dealing with DEVGRU."]